‘Bloodthirsty! Raw! We defy you to guess… the killer’
The Nest of the Cuckoo Birds is a 1965 American horror exploitation film written, produced, directed by and starring Bert Williams. The rest of the cast were Ann Long, Chuck Frankle, Jackie Scelza and Larry Wright. Local act The Four Bits performed the theme song.
The film was lensed in Florida where Williams ran his Experimental Camera Workshop but then seemingly vanished. Allegedly lost, in 2018 filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn (The Neon Demon) made a restored print available to watch for free online.
Investigating Florida moonshiners, a detective (Williams) is searching the Everglades when he discovers a remote inn managed by a demented showgirl (Ann Long), a taxidermist who stuffs humans for display in her grotesque Chapel of the Dead.